Salmon oil - the ultimate supplement for dogs.

Salmon, Mackerel, Herring and other oily fishes are amongst the most nutritious and beneficial proteins that we can eat as dog owners. They are also just as beneficial for our pets. They have incredible benefits across almost every facet of your dog's health and development, from overall health to physical and cognitive functions.

Now it is not always possible to feed fish at every meal, and particularly fresh or high grade fish, and this is where fish oil or Scottish Salmon oil comes to our rescue. Packed with Omega 3 and 6 and a host of vitamins and minerals, oils can be added to treats and meals for your dog's health.

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Salmon Oil – Packed with Beneficial Nutrients 

Salmon oil is a rich source of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid). Consuming omega-3s from salmon oil is associated with a variety of health benefits, including reducing inflammation, aiding weight management, and boosting heart and brain health.

Like Carbohydrates, Omega 3s come in short chain form and long chain, and also like Carbohydrates there is great benefit in balancing intake towards the long chain variant. Salmon Oil is rich in other nutrients and oils - the most commonly mentioned being Omega 6 fats, which is actually Linoleic Acid. These fatty acids are less easy to find in normal diets so its availability in Salmon Oil is extremely beneficial.

Finally the less well known Oleic Acid or Omega 9 makes up nearly one fifth of the Salmon Oil and is the healthy oil used in the human diet and usually consumed in some nuts and Olive oil.

Where fatty acids are concerned you can see that Salmon Oil delivers a triple hit of EPA and DHA through Omega 3 fatty acids, Omega 6 and Omega 9, a true human and doggy super food.

 

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Health Benefits of Salmon Oil for Dogs 

Brain and mental condition

Salmon oil and the oily fishes in general are affectionately termed "brain food" for human beings. They have proven similar effects in pets and particularly dogs. They help with brain development and ongoing brain function and psychological development and well-being. Mood and behaviour and a sense of contentment can all be raised in your pooch by some supplementation.

Eyesight

Omega 3s and DHA are an important factor in your dog's eye health. They help to provide ongoing support and growth to the eye and their antioxidant qualities protect the eye function in advancing years.

Healthy joint

Salmon oil and the omega fatty acids have long been associated with joint health alongside other supplements like cod liver oil. These are in no way old wives tales or the habits of the elderly in a vain hope to boost movement and joints mobility. It has now been proven in many research scenarios that salmon and fish oils have a short and long-term effect on joint health and mobility.

Heart and circulatory health

Again here our dogs draw similar benefits to those which we enjoy. Salmon fish oils have long been associated with heart health and cardiovascular health, as have not and olive oils given rise to low measures of cardiovascular disease in the Mediterranean countries. In a similar way healthy blood pressure levels and cholesterol are maintained within the dog's diet when enriched with fish oils or the omega fatty acids.

Immune System

Inflammation is a key marker and cause of many diseases, or at least creates an environment where disease flourishes if left unchecked. Salmon and fish oils help the immune system to fight infection and also assist in the absorption of nutrients beneficial to warding off ailments.

Healthy skin and coat 

Fish oils and foods rich in omega fatty acids have long been associated with hair and skin health, decreasing the inflammation in the body and helping with hormonal balance whilst ensuring hydration levels in the dermis and epidermis are maintained. Salmon oil can help to maintain a healthy skin and coat and will also help greatly in treating dogs with sore, dry and irritated skin.

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How Much Salmon Oil Should I Give My Dog? 

As salmon oil also has the benefit of assisting in the absorption of other plant-based nutrients it is wise to spread the dose or supplementation across the day or accompanying a meal. In administering this way you then get the benefit if say it is sprinkled on a meal of it assisting in the uptake of other nutrients as well as supplementing the dog's diet and health.

As with everything, just because some is good it does not mean that more is always better and as a guideline roughly a teaspoon per 10 kg of weight is adequate for your dog.

Are There Any Side Effects of Giving My Dog Salmon Oil? 

At the onset of administering any supplement, obviously keep a close eye on your pet with a view to any effects that the change diet might have.

Salmon oil is high in calories so obviously be aware that if you have either an overweight dog or an elderly pet prone to weight gain then adjust the rest of the diet accordingly. Any change in diet or supplementation can have effects on the digestive system and here salmon oil is no different.

Introduce it slowly and in small doses and spend a period of time coming up to the full dose. You saw the phrase Scottish at the start of the article and this on the whole is a reference to the purity of the wheel supplied.

Wherever possible natural or organic fish oils should be used as the intensively farmed varieties can be prone to poor water quality and the build up and carrying of heavy metals within the fish. As with everything read the ingredients and label and be mindful that super cheap is not always super healthy.

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In conclusion

Salmon oil and fish oils in general are amongst the most accessible and cost-effective methods of supplementing your dog's health via dog food and treats. The plethora of benefits from their immune system to brain function to skin, coats and joint health means that adding some salmon oil and fish oils and even fresh fish to your dog's diet in a controlled and methodical manner is a real no-brainer.

The Dog Chew Company healthy joint box and several others are supplied with Salmon Oil and we will shortly be supplying it as an individual item for sale.